walk

verb
\ ˈwȯk How to pronounce walk (audio) \

Definition of walk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a obsolete : roam, wander
b of a spirit : to move about in visible form : appear
c of a ship : to make headway
2a : to move along on foot : advance by steps
b : to come or go easily or readily
c : to go on foot for exercise or pleasure
d : to go at a walk
3a : to pursue a course of action or way of life : conduct oneself : behave walk warily
b : to be or act in association : continue in union the British and American peoples will … walk together side by side … in peace— Sir Winston Churchill
c : walk out walked over problems with management
4 : to go to first base as a result of a base on balls

5 of an inanimate object

a : to move in a manner that is suggestive of walking
b : to stand with an appearance suggestive of strides pylons walking across the valley
6 of an astronaut : to move about in space outside a spacecraft
7 : to avoid criminal prosecution or conviction walked on a technicality

transitive verb

1a : to pass on foot or as if on foot through, along, over, or upon : traverse, perambulate walk the streets walk a tightrope
b : to perform or accomplish by going on foot walk guard
2a : to cause (an animal) to go at a walk : take for a walk walking a dog
b(1) : to cause to move by walking walked her bicycle up the hill
(2) : to haul (something, such as an anchor) by walking round the capstan
3 : to follow on foot for the purpose of measuring, surveying, or inspecting walk a boundary
4a : to accompany on foot : walk with walked her home
b : to compel to walk (as by a command)
c : to bring to a specified condition by walking walked us off our feet
5 : to move (an object) in a manner suggestive of walking
6 : to perform (a dance) at a walking pace walk a quadrille
7 : to give a base on balls to
walk away from
1 : to outrun or get the better of without difficulty
2 : to survive (an accident) with little or no injury
3 : to give up or leave behind willingly : abandon
walk off with
1a : to steal and take away
b : to take over unexpectedly from someone else : steal sense 1d walked off with the show
2 : to win or gain especially by outdoing one's competitors without difficulty
walk on
: to take advantage of : abuse
walk on eggshells or walk on eggs
: to exercise extreme caution
walk over
: to treat contemptuously
walk the plank
1 : to walk under compulsion over the side of a ship into the sea
2 : to resign an office or position under compulsion
walk through
1 : to go through (a theatrical role, a familiar activity, etc.) perfunctorily (as in an early stage of rehearsal)
2 : to guide (someone, such as a novice) through an unfamiliar or complex procedure step-by-step
3 : to deal with or carry out perfunctorily

walk

noun

Definition of walk (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or instance of going on foot especially for exercise or pleasure go for a walk
2 : an accustomed place of walking : haunt
3 : a place designed for walking:
a : a railed platform above the roof of a dwelling house
b(1) : a path specially arranged or paved for walking
(2) : sidewalk
c : a public avenue for promenading : promenade
d : ropewalk
4 : a place or area of land in which animals feed and exercise with minimal restraint
5 : distance to be walked a quarter mile walk from here
6 British : a ceremonial procession
7 : manner of living : conduct, behavior
8a : the gait of a biped in which the feet are lifted alternately with one foot not clear of the ground before the other touches
b : the gait of a quadruped in which there are always at least two feet on the ground specifically : a 4-beat gait of a horse in which the feet strike the ground in the sequence near hind, near fore, off hind, off fore
c : a low rate of speed the shortage of raw materials slowed production to a walk
9 : a route regularly traversed by a person in the performance of a particular activity (such as patrolling, begging, or vending)
10 : characteristic manner of walking his walk is just like his father's
11a : social or economic status all walks of life
b(1) : range or sphere of action : field, province
(2) : vocation
13 : an easy victory won in a walk
walk in the park
: an easy or pleasurable experience

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Examples of walk in a Sentence

Verb

Is your grandson walking yet? He walks home from school every day. It's not far; you can walk there in five minutes. It was a while after the accident before she could walk again. He walked away without saying goodbye! She turned and walked away from him. The driver walked away from the accident unharmed. They walk around the neighborhood every morning for exercise. We walked around the city all day seeing the sights. He walked to the store.

Noun

The cliff walk along the ocean is very popular. Many exotic plants can be found along the walk.
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The four original clans of the Navajo people are Kinyaa'áanii (The Towering House clan), Honágháahnii (One-walks-around clan), Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water clan) and Hashtł'ishnii (Mud clan). Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "What is the Navajo clan system? What it means to introduce yourself in Navajo," 29 Aug. 2019 Del Rey appears in both the film (as a chic giant walking through L.A.) and the audience (as a '50s-era theatergoer whose date ditches her for another woman). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Del Rey Is Larger Than Life in Her "Doin' Time" Music Video," 29 Aug. 2019 The country-crossover singer walked away from the store with more than just some new portraits though. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Kacey Musgraves Is Championing This Small L.A. Business—One Dreamy Photoshoot at a Time," 29 Aug. 2019 Swinney played football at Pelham and walked on Alabama, playing on the 1992 national championship team before joining coach Gene Stallings’ staff as a coach. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Pelham retiring Dabo’s jersey in Friday night ceremony," 29 Aug. 2019 Previously, pedestrians walked along a road in a ditch to reach the Carty Unit. USA TODAY, "Record grapefruit, light rail win, Snake Road: News from around our 50 states," 29 Aug. 2019 Better still, celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau walks us through exactly how to use them for maximum glow. Chloe Metzger And Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 29 Aug. 2019 During one break, Hogan walked down the courthouse hallway and chatted with people and took photos. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Even Maryland Gov. Hogan gets called for jury duty," 28 Aug. 2019 The film is about the French high wire artist Philippe Petit, and his un-announced and unauthorized August 8, 1973, tightrope walk across the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, 1,450 feet above the streets. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Junior center Matt Allen is listed as co-starter with sophomore Blake Bueter, a former walk-on. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football O-line tired of being offense's 'scapegoat'," 28 Aug. 2019 In the bottom of the 12th inning, Marlins outfielder Harold Ramírez hit a walk-off home run to left field against closer Raisel Iglesias, handing the Reds a 4-3 loss at Marlins Park. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds rookie Aristides Aquino matches club record for homers in loss to Miami Marlins," 28 Aug. 2019 Sheckells, a Pasadena native, started his college career as a walk-on at Old Dominion, but left there in 2017 for Wesley. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "College Football: McDaniel quarterback position battle heating up," 27 Aug. 2019 Braelen Bettles, safety New school: Southwestern CC (Chula Vista, Calif.) The former OSU walk-on is trying the junior college route in hopes of eventually finding a four-year program. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State football: Where did the 2018 Beavers transfers land, and how they’re faring," 25 Aug. 2019 Houston held a one-run lead in the ninth but a walk-off, two-run homer from Baltimore's Rio Ruiz gave the Orioles the win, 8-7. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Big favorites at sportsbooks for second time in 10 days, Houston Astros let down bettors again," 22 Aug. 2019 Of the other two bedrooms on this floor, the larger has a walk-in closet. John Ellement, Boston.com Real Estate, "Home of the Week: Farmhand quarters serve as office suite in Needham antique," 21 Aug. 2019 The room was no bigger than a walk-in closet, a tight fit for Target CEO Brian Cornell and the team of executives and support staff who were sharing it. Fortune, "Big-Box Rebound: How Target Packaged a Turnaround," 20 Aug. 2019 Junior Daniel Young and true freshman Jordan Whittington remain active with walk-ons Jarrett Smith and Jaren Watkins vying for reps behind them. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "After another setback, Texas RB Kirk Johnson trying to stay positive," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of walk

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for walk

Verb

partly from Middle English walken (past welk, past participle walken), from Old English wealcan to roll, toss, journey about (past weolc, past participle wealcen) and partly from Middle English walkien (past walked, past participle walked), from Old English wealcian to roll up, muffle up; akin to Middle Dutch walken to knead, press, full

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Walhalla

wali

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walk

walkable

walkabout

walk-around

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walk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of walk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move with your legs at a speed that is slower than running
: to go with (someone) to a place by walking : to walk with (someone)
: to cause (an animal) to go for a walk with you : to take (an animal) for a walk

walk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of walk (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of walking : an act of going somewhere by walking
: a place or path for walking
: an organized event in which people walk to raise money for a particular cause or group

walk

verb
\ ˈwȯk How to pronounce walk (audio) \
walked; walking

Kids Definition of walk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move or cause to move along on foot at a natural slow pace I walk to school.
2 : to cover or pass over on foot We walked 20 miles.
3 : to go with (a person or animal) by walking Will you walk me home?
4 : to go or cause to go to first base after four balls in baseball
walk out
1 : to leave suddenly and unexpectedly
2 : to go on strike

Other Words from walk

walker noun

walk

noun

Kids Definition of walk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of moving along on foot at a natural slow pace
2 : a place or path for walking My dog ran up the walk to greet me.
3 : distance to be walked often measured in time required by a walker to cover Her house is a long walk from here.
4 : way of walking He approached with a confident walk.
5 : an advance to first base after four balls in baseball
6 : position in life or the community
7 : a slow way of moving by a horse

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